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11. Posted by rowtravels (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

RE: Buying a car and sending it home.

Anything is possible. It depends on how important the car is to you and therefore how much you are willing to spend shipping it home. The first question thats jumps to mind is why on earth would you want to? cars in Chile are not cheap. i'm sure you can find something better in the EU or somewhere at least where you can drive it to Belgium. If the car is that special then you best consult the import/export authorities of Chile www.aduana.ch and if the answer is no from them my suggestion is to drive it to Colombia and ship from there out of the Caribbean.

For an example of the time and cost of buying a car in Chile this is my recount of my purchase a few days ago.

1. Get an RUT document - an identifaction document for non-Chileans. You need a permanent address, thats it. and its free.

2. With the current owner of the car go to the Notorio (the government solicitors office) and get them to create a contract which you and the owner sign then the money is exhanged in front of the solictor and the solictor stanps and certifies the contract. This costs around 50,000 pesos

3. Take the signed and authorised contract to the Registro Civil (Motor Registration Office) and they will do the registration transfer into your name. This costs around 20,000 pesos

4. Go to an insurance office to buy compulsory 3rd party insurance. Really easy, costs around 10-15,000 pesos for a year

5. Hopefully you will have checked the date that the circulation service (road worthy test) is due. If its due while you own it you need to get it done in Chile of course and if all things go well its around 10-15,000 pesos

So all in all you're looking at 100,000 on top of the purchase price.

My car cost 1,300,000 and with all that done i've spent around AU$3,500 which is a fair bit more than what i would be willing pay for this car back home in Australia, or Europe for that matter (its a 1987 Suzuki Samurai). However i made the mistake of searching for a car with free (liberado) registration down south (Patagonia) where the tax free zone is close enough for people to use it to save money on registration costs. However foreigners cannot travel with one of these 'tax free' registered cars.

Hope this helps someone

12. Posted by divaisen (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Dear friends,

I am planing to do the same, buy a car in Chile and travel around south america. My question is, could I then sell the car in any south american country?

thanks vm!

13. Posted by stefann22 (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

hi

i am planning to do the same: buy a car in Chile and travel but i still have to figure out some things.

to obtain RUT in Chile I need permanent residence, but asa tourist, how will i do it? will they accept the address of a hotel?

thanks

14. Posted by rowtravels (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

RE: getting an RUT

Give them what ever address you please. You'll need a phone number too so make the two correspond. Maybe the address of a guest you stay at and its phone number, tell them its a friends place.

Works a charm. they don't ask questions

15. Posted by Chris_M (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Looking for a car in Chile? We are selling our Mitsubishi Pick-Up incl. hardtop

Around the middle of December 2009 we will be selling our Chilean Mitsubishi L200. We have been travelling with it in Chile and Argentina and have been able to get to some more rurural areas in these countries. Also, driving a 4x4 on gravel is safer!

It is a pick-up with a double cabin and with a hardtop.

Year: 2008
Mileage: will be around 100.000 km
Engine: 2.5l Diesel
Gear: 4x4 manual with gear reduction
Equipment: air condition, electrical windows, radio with cd player
Colour: Red with white hardtop

Asking price: 9.300.000 Chilean Pesos

We bought the car from a car dealer in Santiago in March 2009. It is in very good condition.

We will share with you our knowledge and experience with the necessary papers and insurances.

The car is very reliable, it consumes around 10l of diesel per 100km. If you're interested we could e-mail you a couple of photos of the car.

We are also selling some of our camping equipment (e.g. matresses, cooker, pots, sleeping bag) at very reasonable prices.

Chris

16. Posted by stefann22 (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

we are looking to buy a car in december this year, in Chile or Argentina, anyone selling?

if it's prepared for camping, the better, but we at least ned to be able to sleep in it

thanks

stefan

17. Posted by louis1946 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Quoting Mr.Barker

I bought a 1997 Ford Explorer 4x4 in Santiago, Chile in July. The process took me six days in total.

I drove throughout Chile, Argentina, and Peru with zero hassles. I lived out of the car, thereby avoiding hotel or hostel expenses.

Anyone who plans to buy a car here in Santiago or Chile in general is welcome to shoot me any questions. I should be able to answer them since the process is still fresh in my mind. Not quite coincidentally, I am looking to sell my car around the end of October.

ciao,
John Barker

Hi John,
Wife and I are living (3 months now) in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina. Moved here from Antigua, Guatemala (2 years) and previously San Antonio, Texas, USA. We are in the travel business (specialty company doing art workshop/tours to Guatemala and Ecuador). We also have an import/export business which keeps us traveling all around Central and South America.

We want to do some serious back road traveling throughout Central and South America by vehicle (all our travels for the past 10 years have been - fly in, rent a car, drive around, fly out). We want to spend the next year or two driving these countries and villages. We have run inot a snag - the Artgentina gov't will not allow a non-resident to take their car outside of Argentina. This forces us to figure out a way we can buy a vehicle somewhere else so that we can so our South and Central America traveling. Questions;
1. Can you take a car you buy in Chile and drive it to other countries (appears you did)?
2. Can you sell it when you are finished in other countries, or do you have to bring it back to Chile to sell it?
3. Can you take it to Argentina and back (looks like you did)?
4. Don't you have to have a Chile addxress to get a RUT and buy you car and get insurance there?

I know I have some other questions but will address them when I hear from you.

Thanks, johnk

18. Posted by louis1946 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Quoting Chris_M

Looking for a car in Chile? We are selling our Mitsubishi Pick-Up incl. hardtop

Around the middle of December 2009 we will be selling our Chilean Mitsubishi L200. We have been travelling with it in Chile and Argentina and have been able to get to some more rurural areas in these countries. Also, driving a 4x4 on gravel is safer!

It is a pick-up with a double cabin and with a hardtop.

Year: 2008
Mileage: will be around 100.000 km
Engine: 2.5l Diesel
Gear: 4x4 manual with gear reduction
Equipment: air condition, electrical windows, radio with cd player
Colour: Red with white hardtop

Asking price: 9.300.000 Chilean Pesos

We bought the car from a car dealer in Santiago in March 2009. It is in very good condition.

We will share with you our knowledge and experience with the necessary papers and insurances.

The car is very reliable, it consumes around 10l of diesel per 100km. If you're interested we could e-mail you a couple of photos of the car.

We are also selling some of our camping equipment (e.g. matresses, cooker, pots, sleeping bag) at very reasonable prices.

Chris

Hi Chris,

Wife and I are living (3 months now) in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina. Moved here from Antigua, Guatemala (2 years) and previously San Antonio, Texas, USA. We are in the travel business (specialty company doing art workshop/tours to Guatemala and Ecuador). We also have an import/export business which keeps us traveling all around Central and South America.

We want to do some serious back road traveling throughout Central and South America by vehicle (all our travels for the past 10 years have been - fly in, rent a car, drive around, fly out). We want to spend the next year or two driving these countries and villages. We have run inot a snag - the Artgentina gov't will not allow a non-resident to take their car outside of Argentina. This forces us to figure out a way we can buy a vehicle somewhere else so that we can so our South and Central America traveling. Questions;
1. Can you take a car you buy in Chile and drive it to other countries (appears you did)?
2. Can you sell it when you are finished in other countries, or do you have to bring it back to Chile to sell it?
3. Can you take it to Argentina and back (looks like you did)?
4. Don't you have to have a Chile addxress to get a RUT and buy you car and get insurance there?

I know I have some other questions but will address them when I hear from you.

Thanks, johnk

19. Posted by stef250 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

OK so this is one if anyone can help I would be forever grateful.

If you buy the 4x4 car, travel around south america, then DRIVE back to the U.S. Will there be any problems with that? Could I expect to pay any taxes in Central America or coming into the U.S??

THanks

20. Posted by joydrive (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

Hi all,

We just finished up a trip and are selling our car in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The car details are:

1991 VolksWagen Golf - 198,000 km’s

Runs extremely well with great gas mileage. Four new tires, regular service history, full size spare, good jack, full tool kit, full safety kit, jerry can, jumper leads, Stereo with ipod jack,club security bar, kill switch, roof rack - a great little car for touring around South America!

$3,500 USD/neg.

We drove it from Canada to Ushuaia and are ready to pass it onto the next traveller. Please send me a message if you are interested or want more information.

Thanks!